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Professor Cathrine Brun

Director of CENDEP,

School of Architecture

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

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Email: cbrun@brookes.ac.uk

Location: AB 4.06

Cathrine is Director of the Centre for Development and Emergenc Practice (CENDEP). CENDEP is an imultidisciplinary centre under School of Architecture that brings together aid workers, academics,, professionals and preactitioners to develop practice-oriented appraoches in disaster risk reduction and response, chronic poverty, building urban resilience, conflict transformation, refugee studies and torture prevention. 

 

I am responsible for the PhD programme in Architecture where we offer academic PhD, PhD by design and PhD by practice. 

I give lecture on a number of our modules in our online Masters on Development and Emeregncy Practice and our fully online masters in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding. I am responsible for the following modules on the masters courses

 

Modules taught

MA in Humanitarian Action and Peacebuilding (fully online MA):

Independent study (P30328)

From autumn 2018 I will also teach a module on urban humanitarianism. 

 

MA in Development and Emeregncy Practice: 

Dissertation module (P30399)

 

 

Supervision

Zoe Jordan

Fatima Hashmi

Aleyda Valdes

 

She has worked for 20 years on forced migration as a result of conflict and disasters. Currently she is working particularly on humanitarianism in protracted displacement and chronic crises and with housing for forced migrants. Much of her work has been in urban contexts and in camps. As a human geographer, she is interested in how, in chronic crises and displacement, the relationships between people and places change due to displacement, with a view to understanding the relationships between displaced and their hosts and notions of housing and home. Her work often emphasises how people who experience crises deal with adversity – especially how they strategise and manoeuvre in the course of encounters with institutions and regimes.

Her work has also engaged with the ethics and politics of humanitarianism, the experiences and practices of humanitarians, and the unintended consequences of humanitarian categories and labelling practices, particularly in the context of long-term conflict and displacement. Temporal and spatial dimensions of both forced migration and humanitarianism are cross-cutting themes in her work.

Collaborating with colleagues, organisations and citizen groups in Sri Lanka, Georgia and more recently Malawi, she has developed innovatory methods for ethnographic fieldwork, participatory action research and real time research. She is interested in how such methodological insights may contribute to improving knowledge production, particularly among humanitarian organisations.

Research projects

Current projects includes: 

Safer self-recovery

Shelter in flux

Precarious housing

Refugees in fragmented towns and cities 

Further information

CENDEP homepage: http://architecture.brookes.ac.uk/research/cendep/

Books

Journal articles

  • Parrack C, Piquard B, Brun C, 'Shelter in Flux'
    Forced Migration Review 55 (June 2017) (2017) pp.7-9
    ISSN: 1460-9819 eISSN: 1460-9819
    Abstract
  • Brun C, Fàbos AH, 'Mobilizing home for long term displacement: a critical reflection on the durable solutions'
    Journal of Human Rights Practice (2017)
    ISSN: 1757-9619 eISSN: 1757-9619
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, Fabos AH, El Abed O, 'Displaced citizens and abject living: the categorical discomfort with subjects out of place'
    Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift / Norwegian Journal of Geography 71 (4) (2017) pp.220-232
    ISSN: 0029-1951 eISSN: 0029-1951
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'Dwelling in the temporary: the involuntary mobility of displaced Georgians in rented accommodation'
    Cultural Studies 30 (6) (2016) pp.421-440
    ISSN: 0950-2386 eISSN: 0950-2386
    Abstract Website
  • Refstie H, Brun C, 'Voicing noise: Political agency and the trialectics of participation in urban Malawi'
    Geoforum 74 (2016) pp.136-146
    ISSN: 0016-7185 eISSN: 0016-7185
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'There is no Future in Humanitarianism: Emergency, Temporality and Protracted Displacement'
    History and Anthropology 27 (4) (2016) pp.393-410
    ISSN: 0275-7206 eISSN: 0275-7206
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, Fabos A, 'Making homes in limbo? A conceptual framework'
    refuge: canada's journal on refugees 31 (1) (2015) pp.5-18
    ISSN: 0229-5113 eISSN: 0229-5113
    Abstract
  • Brun, C, 'Home as a critical value: From shelter to home in Georgia'
    refuge: canada's journal on refugees 31 (1) (2015) pp.43-54
    ISSN: 0229-5113 eISSN: 0229-5113
    Abstract
  • Brun C, 'Active waiting and changing hopes. Toward a time perspective on protracted displacement'
    Social Analysis 59 (1) (2015) pp.19-37
    ISSN: 0155-977X eISSN: 0155-977X
    Abstract Website
  • Azmi F, Brun C, Lund R, 'Young people’s everyday politics in post-conflict Sri Lanka'
    Space and Polity 17 (1) (2013) pp.106-122
    ISSN: 1356-2576 eISSN: 1356-2576
    Abstract Website
  • Attanapola C, Brun C, Lund R, 'Working gender after crisis: partnerships and disconnections in Sri Lanka after the Indian Ocean tsunami.'
    Gender, Place and Culture 20 (1) (2013) pp.70-86
    ISSN: 0966-369X eISSN: 0966-369X
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, Van Hear N, 'Between the local and the diasporic: the shifting centre of gravity in war-torn Sri Lanka’s transnational politics.'
    Contemporary South Asia 20 (1) (2012) pp.61-75
    ISSN: 0958-4935 eISSN: 0958-4935
    Abstract Website
  • Refstie H, Brun C, 'Towards Transformative Participation: Collaborative Research with ‘Urban IDPs’in Uganda'
    Journal of Refugee Studies 25 (2) (2012) pp.239-256
    ISSN: 0951-6328 eISSN: 0951-6328
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'Hospitality: becoming ‘IDPs’ and ‘hosts’ in protracted displacement'
    Journal of Refugee Studies 23 (3) (2010) pp.337-355
    ISSN: 0951-6328 eISSN: 0951-6328
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, Lund R, 'Real Time Research: Decolonising practices or just another spectacle of researcher-practitioner collaboration.'
    Development in Practice 20 (7) (2010) pp.812-826
    ISSN: 0961-4524 eISSN: 0961-4524
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'Spatial practices of integration and segregation among internally displaced persons and their hosts in Sri Lanka'
    Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift / Norwegian Journal of Geography 54 (3) (2010) pp.96-101
    ISSN: 0029-1951 eISSN: 0029-1951
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'A geographers’ imperative? Research and action in the aftermath of disaster.'
    Geographical Journal 175 (3) (2009) pp.196-207
    ISSN: 0016-7398 eISSN: 0016-7398
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, Lund R, '‘Unpacking’ the narrative of a national housing policy in Sri Lanka'
    Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift / Norwegian Journal of Geography 63 (1) (2009) pp.10-22
    ISSN: 0029-1951 eISSN: 0029-1951
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, Lund R, 'Making a home during crisis: Post-tsunami recovery in the context of war, Sri Lanka.'
    Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 29 (3) (2008) pp.274-287
    ISSN: 0129-7619 eISSN: 0129-7619
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'Birds of Freedom. Young people, LTTE and representations of gender, nationalism and governance in northern Sri Lanka.'
    Critical Asian Studies 40 (3) (2008) pp.399-422
    ISSN: 1467-2715 eISSN: 1467-2715
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'Women in the local/global field of war and displacement'
    Gender, Technology and Development 9 (1) (2005) pp.57-80
    ISSN: 0971-8524 eISSN: 0971-8524
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'Local citizens or internally displaced persons? Dilemmas of long term displacement in Sri Lanka.'
    Journal of Refugee Studies 16 (4) (2003) pp.376-397
    ISSN: 0951-6328 eISSN: 0951-6328
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'Reterritorializing the Relationship between People and Place in Refugee Studies'
    Geografiska Annaler: Series B, Human Geography 83 (1) (2001) pp.15-25
    ISSN: 0435-3684 eISSN: 0435-3684
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'Living with shifting borders: peripheralisation and the production of invisibility'
    Geopolitics ()
    ISSN: 1465-0045 eISSN: 1465-0045
    Abstract Website

Book chapters

  • Azmi F, Brun C, Lund R, 'Young people’s recovery in Eastern Sri Lanka: From war to postwar and beyond.' in Conflict, Violence and Peace, Springer (2016)
    ISBN:
    Abstract Website
  • Azmi F, Brun C, Lund R, 'Between exclusion and political engagement:' in Kallio KP, Mills S, Skelton T (ed.), Geographies of Children and Young People. Politics, Citizenship and Rights, Springer (2015)
    ISBN: 978-981-4585-56-9
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, Blaikie P, 'Unravelling Marginalization, Voicing Change: Alternative Visions and Paths of Development' in Alternative Development: Unravelling Marginalization, Voicing Change, Ashgate (2014)
    ISBN: 978-1-4274-0934-8
  • Brun C, Lund R, 'Geographies of forced migration – researching conflicting spaces and borderland issues' in Alternative Development: Unravelling Marginalization, Voicing Change, Ashgate (2014)
    ISBN: 978-1-4274-0934-8
  • Brun C, Blaike P, 'Alternative development: unravelling marginalization, voicing change' in Brun C, Blaikie P, Jones M (ed.), Alternative Development: Unravelling Marginalization, Voicing Change, Ashgate (2014)
    ISBN: 9781472409348
    Abstract
  • Brun C, '“I love my soldier”. Developing responsible and ethically sound research strategies in a militarised society.' in Mazurana D, Jacobsen K, Gale LA (ed.), Research Methods in Conflict Settings. A View from Below, Cambridge University Press (2013)
    ISBN: 9781107502819
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, 'Hjem er et annet sted. Hjemproduserende praksiser i midlertidige boliger.' in Setten G, Brun C (ed.), Hus, Hjem og Sted. Geografiske perspektiver på vår samtid., Akademika (2013)
    ISBN: 9788232102075
  • Brun C, 'Home in temporary dwellings' in Smith SJ, Elsinga M, Fox O’Mahony L, Eng OS, Wachter S, Dowling R (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Housing and Home, Elsevier (2012)
    ISBN: 978-0-08-047171-6
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, Van Hear N, 'Shifting between the local and global: space, power and politics in war-torn Sri Lanka' in Toft Madsen S, Nielsen KB, Skoda U (ed.), Trysts with Democracy: Political Practice in South Asia, Anthem Press (2011)
    ISBN: 9780857287731
  • Brun C, 'IDPs and hosts as constitutive categories in protracted displacement' in Fernando P, Fernando K, Kumarasiri M (ed.), Forced to move - involuntary displacement and resettlement – policy and practice, Centre for Poverty Analysis (2009)
    ISBN: 9789551040550
  • Jazeel T, Brun C, 'Spatial Politics and Postcolonial Sri Lanka' in Brun C, Jazeel T (ed.), Spatialising politics. Culture and geography in postcolonial Sri Lanka, Sage (2009)
    ISBN: 9788178299297
    Abstract Website
  • Brun C, Jazeel T, 'Concluding thoughts' in Bun C, Jazeel T (ed.), Spatialising politics. Culture and geography in postcolonial Sri Lanka, Sage (2009)
    ISBN: 9788178299297
    Abstract Website

Other publications

Areas of expertise

Forced migration, protracted displacement, housing and home, ethics and philosophy of humanitarianism, urban spaces

Conferences

Latest talks: 

"Mobilising home for protracted displacement: A feminist proposition." Talk in public seminar series on The Making and Unmaking of Home in an Uncertain World, International Gender Studies, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford, June 8th.

"Mobility, informality and the material. Conceiving home in protracted displacement" Keynote talk for the International Conference on Homing, University of Trento June 5th and 6th, 2017.

"Displaced citizens and abject living. The categorical discomfort with citizens out of place." Presentation with Anita H. Fàbos and Oroub El Abed at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers, Boston, April 2017.

Cathrine came to the post as Director of the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) in October 2015 from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) where she was Professor of Human Geography and Director of Research and Director of the Norwegian Researcher School for Geography.

She has worked for 20 years on forced migration as a result of conflict and disasters. Currently she is working particularly on humanitarianism in protracted displacement and chronic crises and with housing for forced migrants. Much of her work has been in urban contexts and in camps. As a human geographer, she is interested in how, in chronic crises and displacement, the relationships between people and places change due to displacement, with a view to understanding the relationships between displaced and their hosts and notions of housing and home. Her work often emphasises how people who experience crises deal with adversity – especially how they strategise and manoeuvre in the course of encounters with institutions and regimes.

Her work has also engaged with the ethics and politics of humanitarianism, the experiences and practices of humanitarians, and the unintended consequences of humanitarian categories and labelling practices, particularly in the context of long-term conflict and displacement. Temporal and spatial dimensions of both forced migration and humanitarianism are cross-cutting themes in her work.

Collaborating with colleagues, organisations and citizen groups in Sri Lanka, Georgia and more recently Malawi, she has developed innovatory methods for ethnographic fieldwork, participatory action research and real time research. She is interested in how such methodological insights may contribute to improving knowledge production, particularly among humanitarian organisations.

Further information

Follow the CENDEP blog: http://cendep.blogspot.co.uk/